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Preview — Topdog/Underdog - Acting Edition by Suzan-Lori Parks
Topdog/Underdog - Acting Edition
A darkly comic fable of brotherly love and family identity is Suzan-Lori Parks latest riff on the way we are defined by history. The play tells the story of Lincoln and Booth, two brothers whose names were given to them as a joke, foretelling a lifetime of sibling rivalry and resentment. Haunted by the past, the brothers are forced to confront the shattering reality of the
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First came Susan Lori-Parks' Top Dog/Underdog, a rather daring piece of theatre from 2001. I first read it when my brother Matt showed me just how powerful modern plays could be in comparison with the classics. How honest and raw was this relation ...more
The rhythmic nature of the story and the dialogue, the large shado ...more
Now I have a slight understanding into what might take place in cities where tourists are plenty and some are gullible enough to fall for a street hustler like Link/Lincoln. That the end of the play is tragic is hardly news when Booth/3-Card always has a gun on him.
Perhaps I have a more vivid imagination than others for envisioning this play on the stage just by reading the text. I wish others could have enjoyed the writing st ...more
This 2002 award winner, is the story of two African-American brothers (Lincoln and Booth), sorting out their lives. They hustle, steal, con, and try to work legitimate-but-low-paying jobs. Their past is nearly as amorphous as their future.
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Topdog/Underdog tells the story of two brothers: Lincoln, the topdog, and Booth (aka 3-card), the underdog, who are obsessed with the street con game three-card monte. Lincoln describes why they were given their nam ...more
Mad props to Parks who wrote something so vivid that I cannot really say I enjoyed the experience.
To be clear this play was not a reading of leisure for me, it was assigned, and therefor the luxury of reading within one's own aesthetic did not apply. This play relies on stereotypes, misogyny and a heck of alotta profanity to get the point across. I don't think Parks meant to condone any of the above, it was just a whole lot in one short play for me to tolerate.